Dec 29, 2012 5:00am PST
a five-year extension of the foreign intelligence surveillance act allowinging the government to eavesdrop on overseas phone calls and e-mails from potential terrorists. they say it's protected us from more attacks like 9/11. others argue the bill could be abused. the bill is being sent to president obama and he is expected to sign it. >>> and the state's same-sex marriage law went into effect at midnight. the first in line to tie the knot, and they say they've been waiting years for this moment. >> it's very surreal still. we didn't -- we didn't expect all the cameras and everything tonight. >> we finally feel equal, and happy to live in maine. >> it's official now. >> after nine years, it's -- it's all good. >> yep. >> maine, washington state approved same-sex marriage, it's already legal in d.c. and six other states. >>> let's turn to the weather. face it, it's affecting a huge chunk of the nation right now. >> there's a lot of snow out there. in fact, snow currently covers more than half of the lower 48 states and unfortunately for some people, the storm's not over yet. le
Dec 29, 2012 7:00am PST
. that includes those budget cuts for most government agencies, the sequester. that may happen at least in the short term. it doesn't seem to be on the table now. also, the medicare doc fix. we don't know for sure if that's going to be in this deal or not. a lot of other pieces still on the table and in limbo for now. >> okay. lisa desjardins, we'll be watching with you, thanks. >>> as you may have guessed, uncertainty over the fiscal cliff is having a ripple effect from washington to wall street. u.s. stocks ended the session in the red on friday for the fifth straight day. a triple-digit loss for the dow, that tumbled 158 points. the nasdaq lost almost 26 points while the s&p 500 shed almost 16 points. >>> in washington, each side of the aisle is pleading its case directly it the taxpayer. both the president and the republicans talking about the fiscal cliff in their weekly addresses. the president said yesterday he was modestly optimistic about a deal, but here he seems to hint at his own plan b if the senate can't reach a deal. >> if an agreement isn't reached on time, then i'll urg
Dec 22, 2012 4:30am PST
injured. some say that government and society can take action to prevent violence. that's up 15%. >> a discussion has re-emerged as to what we might do to not only deter mass shootings in the future but reduce epidemic of gun violence that plagues this country every single day. >> that was the president on wednesday as he announced a new effort to prevent such shootings. minds are changing, 43% say the elementary school shootings make them more likely to support gun control laws, 15-point increase from january 2011. and 52% say they now favor major restrictions on guns or making guns illegal, a five-point rise since early august, following the colorado movie theater incident where 12 people were killed. the poll also indicates a big bipartisan divide and gender gap with most democrats and women in favor of gun restrictions and most republicans and men opposed. randi? >> paul steinhauser, thank you very much. we talked about putting armed guards in schools. ian tweeted the solution must be comprehensive. mental health check on purchasers, building security, armed guards, drills.
Dec 22, 2012 5:00am PST
. this morning the pope pardoned his former butler, in prison for leaking private vatican governments. he was sentenced to 18 months in prison for aggravated theft in october. the high-profile scandal became known as vatileaks. the pope personally visited gabriele before confirming his pardon. >>> reunited with his family, john hammer was released yesterday partly thanks to work from u.s. senator bill nelson. hammer was imprisoned on a questionable charge after police found him with an antique shotgun. his parents say u.s. officials told him it was okay to cross the border with that gun. you see it there. mexican officials accused him of violating their laws. >> spokeswoman for margaret thatcher says the former british prime minister is doing fine after surgery. 87-year-old thatcher is recuperating after having a growth removed from her bladder. she has cut back dramatically on public appearances after suffering a series of mild strokes. >>> now to russia, where the country is moving to ban u.s. citizens from adopting russian children and already passed one house of parliament. michael mc
Dec 22, 2012 7:00am PST
. essentially the government would be forced to buy milk at double the average cost. that could push the price for a gallon of milk to over $7. >>> today is the second and final round of voting on a referendum for egypt's new draft constitution. it comes one day after clashes in alexandria between supporters and opponents of president mohamed morsi. the constitution which passed a first phase of voting last week has sparked concerns over the power it creates for morsi. >>> "gangnam style" by the south korean rapper is the first video in the history of the internet to surpass one billion views. if you haven't seen it yet, here is a look at what you've been missing. [ "gangnam style" ] ♪ >> is there anyone really who hasn't seen that? is there anyone left? it's amazing. boy. i love that music. >>> we have much more ahead in the next hour of "cnn saturday morning" which starts after a short break. keep it here. and cut! very good. people are always asking me how we make these geico adverts. so we're taking you behind the scenes. this coffee cup, for example, is computer animated. it's not real.